product care

Handmade items

Your Noonday jewelry is handmade by our artisans all over the world! This means that NO TWO PIECES ARE IDENTICAL. While our artisans are talented at what they do and there are quality control checks to ensure consistency with production, often the sizing, coloring, and shape will vary from product to product due to the handmade nature of our pieces. For example, a sample you see at a trunk show or online may be slightly different than the item you receive. If your Noonday item has a defect in construction, Noonday will provide a replacement within 90 days of the original shipment date with accompanying proof of purchase, at no additional cost to you. However, remember that lost items, or items damaged due to normal wear and tear are not covered under our replacement policies.

For all recommendations we make regarding care and treatment of your Noonday jewelry, please test a small portion first before treating the entire piece.

Sterling Silver Care

The best way to prevent tarnishing is to store clean, dry sterling silver in a dry airtight container, like a ziploc bag. An anti-tarnish strip with the silver jewelry in the bag will help fight against tarnish.
Polishing jewelry pieces regularly will take care of most tarnishing and cleaning problems.

A jewelry polishing cloth is designed with a treated interior cloth for cleaning and an exterior cloth for polishing.

Clean your jewelry with the inside cloth first. Moisten the cloth slightly for extremely tarnished pieces. After your jewelry is cleaned, then lightly buff it with the outer cloth to create a rich luster.

If your jewelry needs a little more attention, use Simichrome polish sparingly by applying a small amount with a clean cotton cloth. Wipe off excess polish and buff the surface to a brilliant finish using a soft cotton cloth. This polish cream works well on 14K or 18K gold, sterling silver, titanium, stainless steel, copper, and bronze metals.

Please note that these polishing materials should never be used to clean gemstones, pearls, or 24 karat gold. Avoid the use of chemical dips and only allow a professional jeweler to clean your fine jewelry.

Don't leave silver jewelry in the bathroom. Humidity can speed up the oxidation process that produces tarnish. Minimize sterling silver's contact to chemicals (hairspray, perfume, body lotions, bleach, etc) and do not wear it in the shower, swimming pool or hot tub. After taking it off, clean it with a dry soft cloth before putting it back into an airtight container. To clean or polish, use a silver polishing cloth to remove oxidation from silver. Use light pressure to allow the cloth to do the work for you. You can also wash silver jewelry (without gemstones or pearls) in warm water containing a few drops of mild dishwashing liquid. Immerse the silver in the water and gently hand wash. A soft toothbrush can be used for more abrasive cleaning when needed. Thoroughly rinse and completely dry the silver before storing, as moisture is one of the factors that contribute to tarnishing! Never clean your jewelry in bleach, this will literally break down your jewelry. If the jewelry contains gemstones or pearls, do not submerge the entire piece into water. Instead, use a cotton swab with mild dishwashing liquid to wash only the silver. Again, thoroughly rinse and completely dry the sterling silver before storing. Chlorine bleach, alcohol, turpentine, acetone and ammonia are all harmful to gemstones and pearls. These chemicals can dull or even pit the surface on softer gemstones.

Caring for Gold Plated Jewelry

Metal is particularly reactive in moist or wet conditions. The best way to maintain the beauty of your gold plate is to take proper care of it from the beginning.

Store your gold plated jewelry in velvet, satin or any soft fabric-lined jewelry box. You can also wrap it in a soft material or place in a re-sealable plastic bag to prevent scratches. Keep all your pieces separate from each other to prevent scratching.

Remove all gold plated jewelry before swimming, showering, applying lotion, make-up, hairspray and perfume. Soap and lotion usually won't harm gold, but it can cause a film residue to form, making it appear dull and dingy.

Remove all gold-plated jewelry before cleaning. Household cleaners and other harsh chemicals will reduce the luster and can permanently damage your gold-plated jewelry over time.

To clean your gold plated jewelry at home, you'll find many commercial cleaners available. Choose a non-abrasive cleaning material as abrasives can remove the layer of gold plating. Please take care in making sure the product is safe to use on GOLD.

Buffing your gold plated jewelry with a soft cloth is an effective and inexpensive way to keep your pieces lustrous. If you use a jewelry polishing cloth, make sure the cloth is meant for polishing GOLD. For example, do not use a Sunshine Polishing cloth, which is formulated for silver and contains micro-abrasives.

Gold plated jewelry may also get dirty, making it appear dull and dingy. You can remove the dull film with a jewelry cleanser, soap and water, rubbing alcohol, or commercial window cleaner (like Windex), which contains ammonia. Use a soft cloth to carefully clean the item. After cleaning, rinse with lukewarm water and allow it to dry completely.
If the gold has developed spots, a stronger jewelry cleaner can do the job. Be sure that the cleaning product is designed for cleaning gold and follow the manufacturers' instructions.

Caring for Bronze Jewelry

Natural Bronze will oxidize over time, turning a darker, more muted color. To maintain a shiny bright finish for as long as possible, store your bronze away from the air in a Ziploc plastic bag with an anti-tarnish strip, and keep it as dry as possible. Do not wear in the shower or store in a humid environment.

All metals, including bronze, silver and gold, can react to beauty and cleaning products. Avoid contact as much as possible with perfumes, hairsprays, lotions and household cleaners.

To return bronze to its original shine, a paste made of baking soda, water and lemon juice can be applied to the item with a soft cloth. Rub until the item is clean. Wash the mixture off using running water, then dry and buff with a clean cloth.

We have tried ketchup, pure lemon juice, Simichrome paste and a Sunshine cloth on our brass items. While it does make it shine, it removes the outer layer of gold and turns it into a copper/rose gold look.

Caring for Ethiopian Artillery or Indian mixed metals Jewelry

Mixed metals are particularly reactive in moist or wet conditions. The best way to maintain the beauty of your artillery jewelry is to take proper care of it from the beginning.

Many of our India and Ethiopia jewelry pieces contain mixed metals, including nickel. They are lead and cadmium free. Sometimes metal can cause skin discoloration or reaction during wear. There are a few factors to consider when wearing any kind of metal jewelry: personal body chemistry makes a difference. Metal can react with a certain body chemistry and may leave discoloration on one person's skin, while the same piece of jewelry won't do anything to another person's skin. If a greyish residue is left on skin or clothing after wearing metal jewelry, this can be caused by the finish that the artisans wipe on the piece during the last stage of production. If this finish is not wiped thoroughly, there remains a slight residue on the jewelry that can cause grey marks during wear. If this happens, we recommend wiping down the jewelry thoroughly with a dry cotton cloth you don't mind getting a bit dirty.

Store your jewelry in velvet, satin or any soft fabric-lined jewelry box. Or keep it cinched in one of our cute Noonday Collection bags that our items ship in. Keep all your pieces separate from each other to prevent scratching.

As with the bronze jewelry, we have tried ketchup, pure lemon juice, Simichrome paste and a Sunshine cloth on our artillery items. While it does make it shine, these methods remove the outer layer of gold and/or silver and turns it into a copper/rose gold look.

Remove all jewelry before showering, applying lotion, make-up, hairspray and perfume. Soap and lotion can cause a film residue to form, making it appear dull and dingy.

Remove all artillery jewelry before cleaning. Household cleaners and other harsh chemicals will reduce the luster and can permanently damage your jewelry over time.

Our artisan group recommends for cleaning, submerging the jewelry into a bath of diluted lemon juice with water and very lightly agitate the metal together, almost in a scrubbing motion. Then rinse in clean water and pat dry. This should remove dullness caused by body oils.

Paper Bead Jewelry

Our paper beads are water resistant, not waterproof. They have been shellacked or glossed several times with varnish to give them a wonderful high gloss shine and make them water resistant. This means getting caught in an occasional rain storm, or wiping them clean with a slightly damp cloth is no problem, but you should not bathe or swim in them.

Tagua and Acai Jewelry

Tagua Nuts and Acai Seeds are very hard and durable but they are sensitive to water. Do not take your necklace into the shower or a swimming pool. Water will not destroy the beads, but it can possibly cause the beads to warp or crack, if submerged for long enough.

We recommend keeping your jewelry free from hair sprays, lotions, chlorine, etc.

Tagua can be polished by hand with natural waxes (beeswax works well for this) and buffed to a shine. Generally you only need to do this once a year at most.

Knits and Woven Items

All our knitted and woven items are delicate and can snag, tear or stain. Please handle all items with care. Reference the specific item care on the website for washing, cleaning and care instructions.

All knitted items are composed of 100% animal fiber, Alpaca, which means that agitation while washing can cause the fabric to "felt," or merge together to form a stiff, tight fabric. DO NOT machine wash these pieces. In general, you should gently hand wash the piece in cool, soapy water using a mild detergent or baby shampoo. Carefully swirl the knitted piece around in the water – never wring, twist or pull on the wet item. To dry, carefully lay the item out flat on a towel and blot to remove excess water. The piece will remain whatever shape it is in as you are drying it, so lay it carefully in its original shape, being careful not to stretch.

Leather and Suede Items

Lightly spray the leather with a stain and water resistant spray, such as Scotch Guard . As with any fabric, test a small, unseen patch first. To spot clean unfinished leather, use a damp cloth or sponge to rub saddle soap into the leather and work soap into a light lather. Wipe away lather and allow to air dry. Then, oil leather with a leather preservative such as mink oil.

For suede, spray a recently purchased or recently cleaned suede item with one of the many products that protect against water damage and other stains. As with any fabric, test a small, unseen patch first. Store suede items so that they can breathe. Avoid plastic bags, which prevent air circulation, and opt for a pillowcase instead to protect from dust. Keep suede away from light, which will fade the color, and damp conditions, which can encourage growth of damaging mold and mildew. If suede gets wet, soak up excess moisture with a clean towel. Then allow the suede to dry naturally; do not use a heat source to speed up the process. After the item dries, restore the nap (the raised fibers typical of suede) with a suede brush. Remove oil stains on suede by rubbing talcum powder or cornmeal directly on the spot. After several hours, brush off the powder. Repeat if necessary.

Keep in mind that major stains will probably require professional care. Take your suede item to someone who specializes in leather and suede.

Caring for Dutch Wax Cotton Fabric

When waxed cotton gets dirty, clean it right away if possible. The best way to clean it is to use room temperature water and a sponge, lightly brushing away any debris. For stubborn stains you should use a soft bristled brush. Then let the garment air day. Never apply heat to dry, use soap or scrub with abrasive materials because it could damage the garment and compromise the sheen.